Osage County’s emergency management director told county commissioners Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is holding a training class later this month in Pawhuska regarding traffic incident management.


Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts said the class will be paid for by the state, and will not cost the county or class participants anything.


Roberts said the class is legally mandatory for emergency-medical personnel and for wrecker drivers, but will become mandatory in 2019 for other types of first-responder personnel. He said the class has been moved from the Pawhuska Community Center to the Ag Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds to accommodate larger numbers of interested parties.


The four-hour class is scheduled to be provided twice on Thursday, Sept. 20; from 8 a.m. until noon, and from 1-5 p.m.


Roberts said as many as 150 people are realistically anticipated to attend each of the classes, but he added that the Ag Building at the Fairgrounds will hold 300-400 people, so more attendees would be welcome.


“They will get a certificate, saying they have been to the class,” Roberts said, clarifying the certificate is valid for two years. “We can just be ahead of the game when it comes to being mandated.”


“I called the state back and told them we had the larger building,” Roberts said, commenting that ODOT was very happy with that development. “All the wrecker drivers I’ve talked to are going to be there.”


Roberts said he is grateful ODOT is willing to hold the classes here.


“I just feel we’re really lucky they even wanted to have them up in this part of the country,” he said. For more information, contact Jerry Roberts, Osage County Emergency Management, at osagecoem@gmail.com, or at (918) 694-2818.